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Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 11:04

Shows from the 90’s including “Hey Arnold” have started to make a comeback.

The Spectrum/Sean Elliott

Shows from the 90’s including “Hey Arnold” have started to make a comeback.

Nineties shows are back on Nickelodeon, and according to the Sacred Heart University community, they are still “all that.”

    After Nickelodeon researched social media outlets, they realized that many people have been craving the shows they used to love when they were younger. The network received a presentation from their interns showing that there was a lot of activity on shows fan pages such as “All That!,”  “Doug,” and “Kenan and Kel.”

    In an interview with the New York Times, Nickelodeon president Cyma Zarghami credits the Internet activity with the station’s decision to bring back vintage programming.

    According to her, the web “is allowing young people to be nostalgic, probably sooner than other generations,” she said in the article.

    Many students throughout the Sacred Heart community said they are very pleased with this news, and numerous students were already aware of the re-runs airing.

    “I think it’s awesome that they are bringing back the Nick shows from the ‘90s. I love all of those shows, especially ‘Doug’ and ‘Hey Arnold,’” said senior Brianna Vitlo. “I watch them whenever I can, but I hope they start showing them at better times of the day because right now they are on at odd hours.”

    Many students are pleased about the airing of these shows because they believe the shows they grew up with are better than those available for today’s children.

    “It’s definitely not too soon for the re-runs to start. Even though we aren’t that old, it definitely brings back a lot of memories and gives kids a sense of real television,” said freshman Joe Berry.

    Junior Nichole Bowski agreed and said that the older shows vary in subject matter from many present day shows.

    “They are much less violent than the ones that kids watch on television today,” said Bowski.

    Many students said that Nickelodeon’s airing of these shows has given them a sense of nostalgia over their childhood.

    “I loved those shows and was sad when they stopped running them. I used to watch them any chance I got,” said senior Abbie Britton. “I’m excited that I now know they are coming back. ”

    With the buzz on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube tribute pages, these shows may soon have an even bigger presence on the television screen. Nickelodeon has been keeping a close eye out for this type of information on the Internet.

    “Over the past year, Nickelodeon executives noticed a surge of ‘90s-related tweets, blog posts, and tribute videos on YouTube,” said Claire Suddath in an article from TIME Magazine. “Dawkins [Senior VP and general manager of Nicktoons and Teen Nick] was surprised to discover that a Facebook page called ‘I Want My 90’s Nickelodeon Back’ had 1.1 million fans. Another one for Reptar, the fictional dinosaur toy from Nickelodeon’s cartoon show ‘Rugrats,’ has 2 million.”

    While producers realize many ‘90s children never really stopped loving their favorite childhood shows, many students said they’ll continue to watch them as long as they air.

    “Even though my roommates and I don’t watch that much television, we always try to catch an episode or two of our favorite ‘90s shows if we are up late enough because they are just that good,” said Berry.

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